Joann Stephanie Love Kinder
Joann Stephanie Love Kinder was born in West Virginia. Her family moved to Delaware, and it was there that Ms. Love graduated from Newark High School, class of ‘74. She also attended the University of Delaware, and received her Bachelor of Music Degree, class of ’78, through its School of Music.
She attended the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon, and is quite proud of the fact that she finished her Master’s degree in Wind Band Conducting the same summer she turned sixty. Mrs. Kinder teaches at Southern Oaks Middle School as the band director, where she reminds students that education is important at any age and learning continues throughout life. At Southern Oaks she is the fine arts team leader. Outside of school, she performs on piccolo and flute with the Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Port St. Lucie Community Band. She plays alto flute with the Treasure Coast Flute Choir and has in the past performed on French horn, percussion and flute with the Stuart Community Band. She is the liaison for the Florida Bandmaster’s Association and Medal Craft Mint, ordering the medals for the entire state of Florida. She is a member of the National Education Association, the Florida Bandmaster’s Association, the National Association of Music Education, and the Florida Flute Association. She has also worked with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post #400. Mrs. Kinder is humbled and honored to conduct the Treasure Coast Symphony Orchestra, of which she is a proud member.
Navarro was born in New York City, where he started his career as a pianist, continuing as an arranger, and then producing for record companies. Robert graduated from City College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in
Music. He also attended Manners College of Music (Extension Division for Jazz Studies), and Manhattan
School of Music (Classical Studies) during his undergraduate years. He later received a Master of Arts (MA) from New York University in Therapeutic Recreation Administration and Supervision. Robert studied composition, orchestration and conducting with David Del Tredici (Pianist & Composer) at City College in New York. He
also studied privately with jazz great, Jackie Byrd (jazz piano and Big Band arranging), as well as Harold Danko, John Lewis, Valerie Caper, Ed Summerlin (jazz arranging) and Ron Carter (jazz improvisation). Robert’s engineering education was achieved by studying under two of the most respected engineers in the music business, John Fausty, and Kurt Upper.
In 2004, he produced for Warner’s label “The 25 Anniversary” for their artist “Tito Nieves and Conjunto Clasico.” This production was nominated for a Grammy. In December 2007, he received a GRAMMY from The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences as anarranger on Bobby Cruz’s “Romanticos de Ayer, Hoy y Siempre” song “Envidia.” Then in 2012, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences recognized Robert for his
participation as an arranger on the Grammy Award-nominated recording “From New York to Puerto Rico” (artist Eddie Montalvo) in the category for Best Tropical Latin Album 55th Grammy Awards.
In April of 2011, he received an award from the Treasure Coast International Film Festival for the musical arrangement of the song “City Within a Dream” for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. Robert also established an eighteen-member Big Band based in the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, with a group of Treasure Coast professional musicians.
In the last ten years, Robert has done big band concerts at the Sunrise Theatre Black Box, Lyric Theatre and open venues with large community involvement. He presently teaches strings at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy in Ft. Pierce, Fl. Robert spends most of his time teaching privately and arranging/ composing music for record companies.
Matthew Karram is a music educator in Fort Perce, FL and has been teaching at Lincoln Park Academy since August 2014. He is originally from Flint, Michigan and attended the Michigan State University College of Music. Matthew completed his undergraduate studies in May 2013 and holds Bachelors of Music degrees in Music Education and Composition.
Matthew has been a member of the Treasure Coast Symphony since Spring 2015 and also performs as part of the Vero Beach Chamber Orchestra, St. John of the Cross Brass Ensemble, and the St. John of the Cross choir. His original compositions are self published and have been performed by several groups in the Treasure Coast area.
As a student at Michigan State, Matthew was a member of the MSU Concert and Symphony Bands, the MSU Men’s Glee Club, Spartan Chamber Chorus Ensemble, Novum Voce collegiate choir, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. He studied tuba with Phil Sinder and composition with Dr. Mark Sullivan. His conducting professors included Dr. Cormac Cannon and John Madden.
Matthew is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association. He serves as the treasurer and webmaster for the Florida Bandmasters Association - District 13.